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Agreement reached over illegal Korean guides

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Agreement reached over illegal Korean guides | The Thaiger

PHUKET: Phuket Governor Niran Kalayanamit, representatives of the Tourism Authority of Thailand (TAT) Southern Region 4 office and representatives of Korean tour operators yesterday agreed on the conditions to be included in a Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) that will ensure that Korean tour operators hire Thai guides.

Signatures to the MOU will be Governor Niran, TAT Southern Region 4 office Director Suwalai Pinprabap, Kim Tae Woen, Phuket Tourist Association President Maitree Narukatpichai,

Promchote Traivate of the Phuket Office of Sports and Recreation Development, Phuket Professional Guide Association President Panompol Thummachartaiyom and Chairman of Phuket Chamber of Commerce Pamuke Atchariyachai.

It was agreed to sign the MOU on September 19.

Kim Tae Woen, Chairman of the Korean Association in Phuket and the Korean Consul in Phuket, in his role as representative of the 54 Korean tour operators in Phuket, yesterday verbally agreed to the following conditions:

1. Korean tour operators will hire Thai guides within 15 days of them passing the Korean-language test (set by the provincial government); with standard remuneration and work conditions and employing them to conduct “Full Tour” work as per TAT standard.

2. Thai guides already working for Korean tour operators must sit the Korean language test.

3. Korean tour operators have the right not to hire Thai guides who do not pass the language test or have the appropriate qualifications.

4. Korean tour operators will allow provincial officers to check whether Thai guides working for the operators are doing the work of guides and to appropriate standards. Korean tour operators also agree to develop their Thai guides’ Korean-language skills through internal and external training.

5. Thai guides must pass the Korean-language test every three months to maintain their employment with Korean tour operators.

6. Korean tour operators agree to improve the quality of their tours through delivery of useful cultural information to the tourist and to promote the good image of the province.

In addition, it was agreed that the Thai guides who are qualified to work Korean tours be issued “silver” guide licenses to identify them as official Korean-speaking guides.

To be issued the license, Thai guides must pass a panel interview comprising four native Korean speakers: two appointed by the Korean Association in Phuket and two appointed by the Thai Guide Association.

Rapeepat Na Nakorn said that the provincial government will pick up the 50,000-baht tab for organizing the Korean-language tests, which will be held at Phuket Community College at Saphan Hin from September 28 to 30. Applications for the test will be accepted from September 10 to 21.

The revised conditions follows the August 30 meeting of Korean Ambassador Han Tae-Kyu with Gov Niran. (Click here to see full story)

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The Phoenix rises to the surface

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The Phoenix rises to the surface | The Thaiger

PHOTOS: Facebook/สุรเชษฐ์ หักพาล

The yacht sank late afternoon on July 5 in a short, sudden storm. Most boats would have quite capable of withstanding the wind squal and waves on the day. But Phoenix capsized and sank, taking with her 47 Chinese tourists. The full reasons are stilll being investigated. Today, the actual yacht rose from the depths of the Andaman Sea, off Koh Hei, providing prosecutors with a key piece of evidence.

The yacht has been stuck at the bottom for three and a half months. One salvage team tried and gave up after two months of amateur operation, resulting in no boat but diver dying.

This week a crane and barge arrived from Singapore, organised by the Thailand police under the supervision of the acting chief of Immigration, Maj Gen Surachete Hakparn. And there he was today, with a collection of local and Bangkok media to capture the moment, happily speaking to the media about the success of the operation.

The boat eventually broke the surface just after 3pm this afternoon, the local sea-life starting to make their home on the Phoenix after its three and a half months submerged.

The Phoenix will be brought back to Phuket for a full examination of its design and safety equipment on the fateful day. Questions have already been raised about the sea-worthiness of the vessel’s design and how it might have been able to satisfy inspectors before its work as a local tour boat.

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New additions to the Thailand Michelin foodie guide

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New additions to the Thailand Michelin foodie guide | The Thaiger

by Khetsirin Pholdhampalit

Thai street food eatery Jay Fai has retained its one Michelin star for the second consecutive year and the legendary Thai restaurant Methavalai Sorndaeng is among the new 10 additions to have been awarded one star, according to the announcement of eateries making it the second edition of Michelin Guide Bangkok.

No restaurant has achieved the coveted highest three-star rating.All three two-starred restaurants in the inaugural edition, namely Gaggan, Le Normandie and Mezzaluna have retained their stars, while Suhring has been upgraded from one to two stars.

The little red guide has been extended to cover the best dining venues in the Southern provinces of Phuket and Phang Nga for its 2019 edition.

However, Pru restaurant in Phuket is the only restaurant in the two Southern provinces to have been awarded one star.

The other 14 restaurants in both cities, such as the famous venues of Raya and Chomchan received Bib Gourmand awards for being ‘good value for money’.

In addition to Methavalai Sorndaeng and Pru, other new one-starred additions include Le Du, Gaa, Canvas, R.Haan, Saawan, Sorn, Ruen Panya, and Suan Thip.

Dining venues in Bangkok’s neighbouring provinces of Nonthaburi, Pathum Thani, Nakhon Pathom, Samut Sakhon and Samut Prakan are also covered in this new edition.

New additions to the Thailand Michelin foodie guide | News by The Thaiger


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Korean man ran over by truck in Phuket accident

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Korean man ran over by truck in Phuket accident | The Thaiger

A Korean man has died after colliding with a six wheeler truck in Kathu yesterday

The Kathu Police were notified of the incident on Wichit Songkram Road, Kathu around 4.30pm.

The motorbike driver was identified by Kathu Police as 39 year old South Korean male Keewoong Lee. He was taken to Siriroj Hospital where he was later pronounced dead.

A six wheeler truck, along with the driver identified as 43 year old Soonthee Hemthong, was found nearby.

Kathu Police report that the motorbike and the truck were heading to an intersection near the Prince of Songkhla University Phuket Campus. The motorbike fell onto the road when the truck was overtaking. The left rear wheel of the truck ran over Mr Lee’s body.

Investigations are continuing.

Korean man ran over by truck in Phuket accident | News by The Thaiger

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